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Todwick Parish Council Minutes



Minutes of the meeting held in Todwick Village Hall
at 7.00 p.m. on Tuesday 27th November 2012


  • Councillor Hill – Chairman
  • Councillor Ferris
  • Councillor Gregory
  • Councillor Greer-Waring
  • Councillor Leah
  • Councillor White
  • J R Walker – Clerk & Financial Officer

Rotherham Borough Councillor Gordon Watson was present and the meeting was suspended to allow him to address Members.

He advised that the Borough Council was reviewing the existing 40 mph speed limit on Kiveton Lane between Kiveton and Todwick. The average speed of vehicles had been checked and found to be 50 mph. Various options to reduce vehicle speeds were being considered including the provision of a speed camera. Kevin Barron MP had asked for a report on the situation from the Borough Council.

Parish Council Members raised their concerns about flooding at the junction of Goosecarr Lane and The Pastures and referred to the request to RMBC related to providing a steel grill at the entrance to the under-road culvert. Councillor Watson asked to be kept informed as liaison with RMBC continued. He would be prepared to speak to RMBC Officers personally should that become necessary.

He informed that each Borough Councillor was allocated a sum of £1,000 annually to be used for the benefit of the local community. Greer-Waring declared an interest as being a member of the Primary School PIA and asked whether Councillor Watson would give consideration to funding the acquisition of a school sports kit for use by various teams at inter-school games. Councillor Watson would be prepared to consider this and gave his e-mail contact address.

Councillor Watson left the room and the meeting began at 7.15 p.m.


Apologies had been received from Councillors Northall and Pantry.


30th October 2012

There were no amendments and the minutes were signed as a correct record.

21st November 2012 Budget Meeting

The following amendments were made and the Minutes then signed as a correct record:

The word budget was added to the heading to distinguish it from a normal monthly meeting and the meeting day changed from Tuesday to Wednesday 21st November.


There were no matters arising which could not be discussed under an agenda item.


  1. New Vicar
  2. Deliveries of “The Informer”


Clerk had:

  • Undertaken all the duties placed on him at the last meeting.
  • Submitted and paid the cost of the planning application for the provision of a new changing and community building at the recreation ground.
  • Provided information on his salary and conditions of employment

Members had met immediately prior to the meeting to review the Clerk’s salary and conditions of service. The Clerk had not been present.

Resolved that

  • The Clerk continue to be paid at NJC salary point 29
  • The Clerk’s working hours be increased to 13.8/week, this effectively being a 4% salary increase and equating to 37.30% of the full-time salary
  • The new salary of £9,192.29/annum to be paid from 1 October 2012.
  • The Clerk’s salary to be reviewed annually in accordance with his Contract of Employment.




Monies received



Payments made since last meeting

1. RMBC – Mega Active Holiday Camp


2. Wales High School – Prize


3. Todwick Village Hall – Rent


4. RMBC – Oct Rec. Ground Maintenance


5. Todwick Parish Rec. Ground – Oct Rec. Ground Maintenance


6. J R Walker – Planning Application


7. HMRC – November Tax/NI


8. Hobson Nurseries – Village Planting


9. J R Walker – Nov. Salary & Expenses


Un-presented cheques

1. Ken Mathieson


2. Peter Sliwinski


3. Chesterfield Canal Trust


4. Empire Fire & Safety


5. RMBC – Mega Active Hol. Camp


6. Wales High School – Prize


7. Todwick Village Hall – Rent


8. RMBC – Oct Rec. Ground Maintenance


9. Todwick Parish Rec. Ground – Oct Rec. Ground Maintenance


10. J R Walker – Planning Application Expenses


11. HMRC – November Tax/NI


12. Hobson Nurseries – Village Planting


13. J R Walker – Nov. Salary & Expenses


Payments to be made

There were no further payments to be made.


Bank statement balances

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Bank balances after all payments completed

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Copies of all written correspondence received had been included with member’s papers for the meeting.

  1. Rotherham Learning Disability Service – Safe in Rotherham Scheme

  2. BDO – Changes to Extranet

  3. Hobson Nurseries – Village Maintenance 2012/13 and 1013/14

  4. RMBC – Rother Valley South Area Assembly

Correspondence had also been received via E-mail and forwarded by the Clerk to Members on their receipt. The Clerk had replied where appropriate.

  1. Kuldip Basra – Receipt of Information re Village Shop

  2. RMBC – Todwick Emergency Plan

  3. RMBC – A57 Improvement Scheme

  4. RMBC – Biodiversity Action Plan information for Area Assemblies

  5. TPC Councillor Clive Pantry – Thank You for Members Gift and Cards

  6. Rother Valley South Area Assembly – Parish Meeting 29th Nov

  7. Chesterfield Canal Trust – E-Newsletter Number 41

  8. Voluntary Action Rotherham – Email Bulletin 31 – 2nd November 2012

  9. YLCA – Branch Meeting Papers

  10. YLCA – Code of Conduct – Dispensations to take part in precept decisions

  11. Brian Kemp – John Palmer

  12. Various TPC Members – Remembrance Service

  13. Stuart Savage (RMBC Transportation) – Further Site Meeting

  14. RMBC – Free ‘MCAT/Legal High’ Training

  15. RMBC – Code of Conduct Dispensation

  16. Rural Action Yorkshire – Latest E-bulletin for Information

  17. Neil Foster (RMBC) & Sheila Pantry – Planter/Sign at Red Lion & A57 Road Works

  18. TPC Councillor Gregory – Planning Application for Sports & Community Building

  19. Helen Johnston – TPC Councillor Clive Pantry

  20. TPC Councillor Gregory – Grounds Maintenance Costs

  21. Clerk to Woodsetts Parish Council – Grounds Maintenance 2013/14

  22. Clerk to Laughton Parish Council – Grounds Maintenance 2013/14

  23. John Bamford (Pasuda) – Revised Proposals for Changing/Community Building

  24. YLCA – White Rose Update

  25. RMBC – Free ‘MCAT/’Legal High’ Training

  26. YLCA – Code of Conduct Training

  27. Anston Parish Council – Ash Dieback

  28. Voluntary Action Rotherham – Email Bulletin 32 – 9th November 2012

  29. RMBC – Bus service diversions as a result of the Kiveton Lane closure

  30. Various TPC Members – Works off Storth Lane

  31. Various TPC Members – Further Transportation Site Meeting with RMBC

  32. RMBC – Adult Mental Health First Aid Training

  33. RMBC – Parish Council Vacancy Approval to Co-opt New Member

  34. RMBC/Dinnington Town Council – Dinnington Christmas Festival – 21st November, 2012

  35. Sheila Pantry – “The Informer” – December 2012

  36. Planning Portal Online – Application Ref 2302081 v1

  37. RMBC – Receipt ZZWS00201450 – Payment of Planning Fee

    It had been essential that the planning application for the new changing and community building had been submitted as a matter of urgency in order to facilitate the subsequent application for grant aiding in January 2013. The Clerk had resourced and submitted the documentation and paid the fee on his personal credit card in order to avoid the delay which would have been incurred should payment have been made by Parish Council cheque.

  38. RMBC – Parish Councillor Confirmation

  39. RMBC – Parish Network Meeting 22nd November 2012

  40. Voluntary Action Rotherham – Free Information Event at Voluntary Action Rotherham – 28th November

  41. RMBC – RVS Parish Meeting

  42. TPC Councillor Gregory – Todwick Environment Group & Litter Pick

  43. TPC Councillor Hill – Informer December 2012

  44. Various TPC Members – Proposed Planning Application at the Goosecarr Lane Rec. Grd.

  45. RMBC – Validation of Planning Application RB2012/1654

  46. Voluntary Action Rotherham – Email Bulletin 33 – 16th November 2012

  47. Sheila Pantry – Christmas Lights on Kiveton Lane

  48. TPC Councillor Pantry – Apology for Non-attendance at 21 Nov. Budget Meeting

  49. Sheila Pantry – Wreath Laying

  50. TPC Councillor Pantry – Review of Clerk’s Salary and Conditions

  51. RMBC – Rotherham Integrated Youth Support Service

  52. RMBC – Area Assembly Meeting

  53. TPC Councillor (Chairman) Hill – Christmas Message for Inclusion in “The Informer”

  54. RMBC – RVS Parish Meeting

  55. YLCA – National Association of Local Councils – Legal Topic Notes 80 (Code of Conduct) and 79 (Staff Pensions)

  56. TPC Councillor Ferris – RMBC v Parish Network Meeting

  57. RMBC – Proposed Scope/Structure of the Rotherham Integrated Youth Support Service

  58. TPC Councillors Greer-Waring and Northall – Area Assembly Meeting

  59. Sheila Pantry – “The Informer”

  60. TPC Councillor White – Budget Meeting Minutes

  61. RMBC – Problems re Under Carriageway Culvert

  62. Various TPC Members – Budget Minutes

  63. Mr. & Mrs. Rodley – Todwick Parish Bowling Club

  64. RMBC – Disadvantaged Communities Event

  65. TPC Councillor (Chairman) Hill – Hedge at Recreation Ground


  1. RB2012/1634

    Non-material amendment to application RB2012/0665 to include alterations to dormer window at Lead Hill Lodge, Dinnington Road, Todwick for Mr T Hinchliffe.

    Resolved to offer no objection

  2. RB2012/1654

    Demolition of existing sports pavilion, erection of new changing and community building, re-siting of storage container and installation of lighting on approach roadway at Goosecarr Lane Recreation Ground for Todwick Parish Council.

    Resolved to offer no objection



Ferris reported that there had been no evidence of vermin. He had turned off the water supply for the winter.

Recreation Ground

Gregory reported that the Borough Council had quoted a cost of £12,300 for grounds maintenance work for year 2013/14 with an option of £11,550 should a three year contract be entered into with the annual cost rising each subsequent year by the annual inflation figure. All possible options were still being considered.

Discussion took place regarding an e-mail received from the Todwick Parish Bowling Club. The Parish Council was committed to maintaining the bowling clubhouse in good condition and to the replacement of any defective windows.

Resolved that the Clerk ask the Club to obtain competitive quotations for the necessary works and confirm what financial contribution the Club was prepared to make.

Leah informed that the next meeting of the working group engaged on preparing the grant application for the new pavilion would be on 3rd December.


RMBC had confirmed that no request for an election had been received following the posting of the notice advertising the vacancy caused by the death of Councillor Palmer and that it was now acceptable for the Parish Council to co-opt a new member.

Resolved to co-opt Rebecca Carter onto the Council.

Clerk would inform the Borough Council.


White had attended a meeting at the Primary School and there remained interest in the School providing limited post office services. Doing this over three 15 minutes sessions per week had been discussed. Providing a suitable venue and adult supervision remained to be resolved.

Gregory would be prepared to assist with the supervision.


  1. Ferris reported on his attendance at the RMBC/Parish Council Network Meeting on 22nd November. The RMBC Director of Legal Services had given a presentation on the RMBC Ethical Standards and Code of Conduct for Elected Members. This was followed by a talk on biodiversity by the Ecology Development Officer. The RMBC Human Resources Officer informed on the availability of E-learning available for town and parish councils. The Wickersley Parish Council representative had complained that RMBC had sprayed weed killer onto flowering plants planted by the Parish Council on the main dual-carriageway through the village. The next meeting would be held in February on a date yet to be determined.

  2. Greer-Waring was to attend the Rother Valley South Area Assembly meeting the following Monday. The First Responder Teams in Rotherham were being supplied with new equipment shortly. She had tried to acquire that previously used by the Kiveton based group for Todwick but this would be passed to the Harthill Doctors Surgery since that village had contributed to the initial purchase of the equipment.

  3. Gregory reported that the inaugural meeting of the Environmental Group had been held the previous Thursday night and he was hopeful that sufficient volunteers would attend to form a viable group. The next village litter pick was scheduled for the 8th December and he was to collect the necessary equipment from RMBC. He had written an article for inclusion in the latest edition of “The Informer” newsletter. The Group appeared prepared to assist with the clearing of the ditch and culvert at Goosecarr Lane. The next meeting was to be held at 6.30 p.m. on 10 January.

  4. White had attended a PIA Meeting at the Primary School at which he had discussed the road safety implications arising from the current A57 development. The school was in favour of a number of initiatives including double yellow lines in the vicinity of the school, a reduced speed limit past the school and a smiling/frowning speed limit sign at the Kiveton Lane entry to the village. They were also interested in park and walk and walking bus initiatives.

  5. White had attended a meeting at Wales High School and been informed that the recipient of the Todwick Award for Community Service 2012 was to be Matthew Ward the Head Boy. Matthew had been chosen following an impressive list of activities benefiting both his fellow pupils and the community generally.


  1. The quotation received by Hobsons Nurseries for hanging baskets and planting for year 2013 was for the same amount as 2012.

    Resolved to accept the quotation submitted by Hobsons Nurseries for hanging baskets and planting for year 2013.

  2. Chairman had made arrangements for the laying of the boundary hedge at the recreation ground.

12/103 Traffic and Transportation Matters

Gregory The next meeting with RMBC had been arranged for 29th November at 3.00 p.m. Parish Council Members and representatives from the J & I School would meet in the village hall at 2.30 p.m. He asked Members to give some consideration to various issues before the meeting including the introduction of a 20 mph speed limit throughout the village and a review of the street furniture/road signs.


There were no matters to discuss.


Chairman was arranging for the commemorative plaque to the late Councillor Mary Gregory to be fixed to the display stone and for all to be sited at the playground.


Leah would review the changes now required and advise the Clerk to enable him to revise the Plan and advise RMBC.


  1. New Vicar

    Resolved that the Clerk contact Vicky Camber the new vicar and arrange a meeting with Members to welcome her to the village and discuss matters of mutual interest and concern.

  2. Deliveries of “The Informer”

    Leah was in the process of arranging new allocations for Members to deliver the newsletter following the death of Councillor Palmer and the appointment of Rebecca Carter.

The Meeting Closed at 9.30 p.m.

The next Council Meeting will be in Todwick Village Hall at 7.00 p.m. on Tuesday 18th December 2012.